Opinion

Hunter coal's last chapters being written, but blank pages remain

By Phillip O'Neill
Updated December 4 2023 - 11:47am, first published 11:30am
Hunter coal's last chapters being written, but blank pages remain
Hunter coal's last chapters being written, but blank pages remain

One decade ago, the giant global mining company Rio Tinto started shedding its Australian coal mines. Bit by bit Rio Tinto's Hunter Valley mines were sold off. A global rival, the UK-listed Glencore, was a big buyer. So too Yancoal, the Chinese state-owned enterprise, was an eager shopper. Scraps were picked up by lesser players. Mount Pleasant was purchased by MACH Energy, a subsidiary of the Salim Group from Indonesia. And Bengalla was acquired by New Hope, from the Soul Pattison Group, an Australian-listed investment company.

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